The mission of the Esteves School of Education is to prepare highly effective educators, school counselors, and school leaders who believe in full inclusion, who value diversity, who are reflective, and who are knowledgeable about best practices. Therefore, we ask Sage educators, counselors, and leaders to consider two essential questions throughout their studies and field experiences: Who am I in the lives of those with whom I work? Who am I in the life of my educational community? We expect all Sage candidates to demonstrate leadership and create optimal educational outcomes for all learners.
The motto of Russell Sage College, “To Be, To Know, To Do,” informs the educational purpose of The Sage Colleges, where the common effort is to translate learning into action and application, within a framework that recognizes the obligation of educated persons to lead and serve their communities. In the Esteves School of Education, this motto is extended to form the basis for our programs.
We expect Sage candidates:
I. To be well-grounded in knowledge about schools/communities, learners and learning, the Sage candidates will:
- Understand self in relation to learners, their families, and the local and global community – particularly in terms of power, privilege and knowledge with regard to culture, class, language, ability and gender;
- Use interpersonal skills and demonstrate collaborative attitudes which result in successful partnerships with colleagues, families, and other community members;
- Improve society by modeling and using democratic practices in their settings;
- Demonstrate a commitment to substantive self-reflection, consideration of quantifiable and qualitative data, on-going learning and professional development;
II. To know curricular content and models of instruction, including technology and its application, the Sage candidates will:
- Demonstrate an ability to respond to the strengths and needs of all learners, using assessment data to inform instructional decisions;
- Use knowledge in their designated fields to inspire learners to grow and to meet high standards;
- Employ/promote pedagogical/counseling/leadership practices that engage learners in active ways;
- Demonstrate knowledge in their content areas ensuring maximum achievement for all learners.
III. To do what is necessary to ensure the success of all learners–and to collaborate with families/community members in respectful, culturally responsive ways, the Sage candidate will:
- Engage in reflective practices;
- Demonstrate a positive, respectful view of learners, their families, communities, and colleagues; listen deeply to the experiences and perspectives of all those within the community to ensure a healthy and safe learning environment;
- Model ethical behavior and active citizenship; promote the success of all learners through advocacy, action, and the development of leadership throughout the community;
- Build trust and garner support for a vision of inclusive schools that value diversity.
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